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Update on NBA Playgrounds for Nintendo Switch

by on June 1, 2017

For those of you who have NBA Playgrounds on the Nintendo Switch, you are aware that an update has been in the works for a long time.  Switch owners have been without online play functionality in NBA Playgrounds since launch day.  Today, as an apology, Saber Interactive announced that owners of the Switch version of NBA Playgrounds will receive Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn for free.

It will only be free to those who purchased and played NBA Playgrounds before the update is released, which will happen very soon.

“We had every intention of launching online play for NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch within days of release, but, despite our best efforts, it didn’t play out that way,” said Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber. “We sincerely apologize for the delay and want to let everyone know the fix will be coming very soon. But words are cheap, and games are not. So we’re giving everyone that bought NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch before the online play patch hits a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on Switch when it is available this fall to express our gratitude.”

Saber will have further details to reveal in the future about how eligible NBA Playgrounds owners on Nintendo Switch will receive their free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on the Switch when it releases.

Saber also announced information about a recent, but different update.  The first update is now live for PC and PlayStation4, and will be live for Xbox One and Switch within days. 15 new players have been added, including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman, and Shaq can now be played with the various teams from his career.  Challenge Mode, which allows players to challenge each other to online matches, has been added to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions, and will be added to the Nintendo Switch version once online play is live. Other additions include a new connection manager, which monitors the connection of players during ranked matches and penalizes disconnections from games that are made to avoid losing. Saber has also tweaked the entire shooting system, reworking the timing and adding a meter while clarifying the UI.

Saber’s focus going forward will be giving players new ways to compete with online tournament functionality, and dozens of new players will be released shortly.

Does a free game make up for the lack of online play since launch?  I guess it depends on how excited you are for Shaq Fu.  I appreciate the gesture, but time will tell if Switch owners appreciate the move.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the trailer for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn –

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